OK, it was probably a mistake even to try this, but as Martha Dix’s hair continued to intrigue me, I wasn’t ready to leave well enough alone. Egon Schiele’s Mountain Torrent (1918) sets the stage for the collage at the head of this post, with Martha Dix’s hair rendered twice from John Perceval’s Ocean Beach, Sorrento (1957) and once more from van Gogh’s A Crab on its Back (1887) to round out the set of three.
An earlier collage attempt used “circle of” Blandford Fletcher’s The Old Mill Pond, Swanage, Dorset (c1883) as its foundation and twice styled Martha Dix’s hair from bits of Emile Claus’s Venice (1906). (It does seem, as a side note, that artists of every description over time have sought to paint Venice. A lot of these Venice paintings, or so it seems to me, are interchangeable. Claus’s is one I thought stood out from the crowd.)
The last collage attempt employed a leftover Martha Dix’s hair from The Old Mill Pond and another from Joan Eardley‘s Green Fields at Sunset, with Eardley’s work forming the backdrop. (I can no longer find a link to my source for this painting, so I have instead linked to a substantial selection of her work.)
To accompany you on your travels with Martha Dix’s hair, here is Bryce Dessner’s Mari (with thanks to friend Curt for noting this work).
I don’t know what you might think, should you have a listen, but, to me, the work seems very much in the lineage of John Coolidge Adams.